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Published: Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:36 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:36 a.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Many go to a tech school and gain a skill. They then find a job using their new skill, and pay their way through college.

Too many students give up if someone else doesn't pay their way.

Our political leaders have created an entitled society.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Our political leaders simply mirror an entitled society. As for our students, get a trade. Avoid 'college' entirely. The world needs nary a lawyer, arts major, or whatever. Tinbashers and electricians have a future, and will never be out of work. Plumbers, carpenters too. The best way to avoid college debt is to avoid college in favour of real work.

Aggie238
Logan, UT

While I disagree with Hutterite, there is some truth to the idea that not every student should shoot for a 4 year degree from a traditional university. Not only are some students just not cut out for a university education (lets not sugar coat things), but many students would be much better served by attending a trade/tech school that aligns more closely with their career interests and life goals. On the other hand, the world DOES in fact need lawyers, engineers, doctors, teachers, and other university-educated people to fill very real needs in society. The problem arises when everyone goes to law school, but there are only a certain number of lawyer positions open, and so you have people with law degrees working at Burger King, but still expecting a lawyer's paycheck. This is hyperbole, but you get the illustration. I don't think the goal of primary and secondary education ought to be to send every student to a university. It ought to be to give them a reasonably well-rounded basic education along with the skills they need to pursue a trade, and they can go to a university if they want.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Yes the truth is that not everyone is cut out to go to college, or needs to. Some professions require a university level education, and that's fine. However, I kind of feel it is useless to graduate from college with one of those "degrees" that really does not point toward anything in particular. Liberal arts majors are fine for the person who just wants that kind of general education, but they should not be expecting an instant career like a person directed toward an engineering degree, medical degree, business degree, ect. I know of non college trade people who make a really great living and really like what they do. And as Hutterite pointed out, many of those trade jobs are not as prone to the world of layoffs as a lot of white collar professions are.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Eighty two thousand highly skilled workers come from other countries per year.

Less chance for our college graduates to find jobs, and a reason for technical schools being used more.

K
Mchenry, IL

In South Korea about 80% are going to college and getting a four year degree. The trouble is there are not enough jobs requiring a four year degree. They are trying to encourage the two year trade school model. It is the same problem here. You don't need four years of college to gain a marketable skill. The cost of a four year is more than working part time earning minimum wage. And the full time minimum wage jobs just don't work around a full time courseload. So spend less money and less time and you will be more likely to get a job and won't need the potentially higher salary cause you won't have huge amounts of debts when you are done.

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